The O.C.

Season 1 Episode 2

The Model Home

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Aug 12, 2003 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Thinking that he'll be put into foster care, Ryan attempts to run away from the Cohens, but is stopped when Seth figures out his plan. However, Seth doesn't want to lose his only friend, so he hatches a plan to keep Ryan in Newport. Seth, with the help of Marissa, hides Ryan in an unfinished home in Kirsten's newest housing development. However, Luke and his friends discover the plan, resulting in a bloody brawl between Ryan and Luke. Meanwhile, Sandy and Kirsten find Ryan missing, resulting in more arguments about Sandy having Ryan stay with them.moreless

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  • this was a great ep

    in this ep ryan must go back to the system and sand and the kristein are having arguments and they sit down to have a dinner but thing is seth is really upset and so seth works with marisa to help him and they decided to stash him in one of the homes kirsten is working on but luke is getting mad that he is spending time with marisa and so they go looking for him and they fight him and a fire happens and it burns the thing to the ground almost and ryan is sent to juvinile hall. this was a great epmoreless
  • Ryan has to leave he can't stay with the Cowans but he won't be given to the goverment, he runs away. seth has an idea he can live in one of his mothers housing developments! This brings drama all round.moreless

    Great episode. This episode just proved to me how great the show is and will be! I thought the whole idea of the episode was great and was great to watch. Like when Masrrisa brought things that Seth was shocked at but seth didn't bring toilet paper. The end was sad when Ryan to,ld Marrisa to leave, but then the fire was full of drama. At least Luke admitted to being there! Great!moreless
  • A great first episode is followed up by a great second episode.

    Following up the brilliant first episode, with his mom abandoning him and nowhere to go, Ryan is looking to be sent to a Foster home, or as he likes to put it, a property of the government. The episode kicked off really strong with some humour and bad but amusing jokes. Ryan's nonchalant attitude and Seth's smartass remarks has made a great combination so far. The idea of Ryan temporarily living in an incomplete model home of one of Kirsten's projects was a neat idea and thought this concept could have lasted for a couple more episodes. It didn't even survive past this episodes' end. But the events that transpited as a result created some great and entertaining drama. The tension between Luke and Ryan is already at rivalry and mortal enemies status, if it already hasn't, and the two already hate each other, but they have enough common sense that in the face of danger, they're willing to help another fellow human being out. Out of the unsteady relationships, burning houses, and the terrible jokes, what really stole the spotlight though, besides of course Ryan being taken into custody, is Jimmy Cooper's continuous debt problem. It's like a trainwreck that is being continually bandaged up, but will inevitably burst into a thousand problems later on. So far The O.C. has failed to disappoint and it doesn't look like things are slowing down anytime soon.moreless
  • Another great job.

    Faced with the prospect of life in a group home, Ryan decides to run away from Newport, but Seth and Marissa convince him to stay and hide in one of Kirsten's vacant building projects. Marrisa's boyfriend, Luke, misinterprets an encounter between Ryan and Marrisa. When confronting Ryan a fight breaks loose, burning down Kirsten's "model home" and getting them both arrested in the process. What can I say about this episode? I loved it. It was so intense when Luke and Ryan where having a fight in Kirten's model home, I thought Ryan was going to die, but obviously he wouldn't because it was the second episode. I loved it though, Seth is so cute and they way he plays his character is amazing. I can't wait to watch the next episode, The Oc is truely amazing.moreless
  • There's definitely way more to come...

    With the pilot they got us hooked, now it's time to reel us in.

    This episode deals with the repercussions of Ryan's mother ditching him. He does not want to go to child services so he decides to run away. Ryan is then invited to stay at THE model home.And by the end of the episode, the home goes up in flames.

    Ryan manages to hide in one of Kirsten's undeveloped houses with the help of Seth and Marissa. Seth and Marissa get to converse with each other and realises that they have the same interests. I find those scenes very neatly done. I thought it was the highlight of the episode. The way that these two vastly different characters can have the same interests amuses me. I hope they have more Seth/Marissa scenes in the future.

    The wheels are set in motion as Jimmy Cooper borrows money from Kirsten. I am not particularly interested with this plot.I think its the character of Jimmy Cooper.The show never really gave me any reason to like him. Pity him,maybe. But not Like. I hope this plot gets wrapped up quickly, its dragging the show down.

    And yes, the chemistry between Ryan and Marissa grows. Marissa passes on the opportunity to go to a party with Luke to help Ryan. The party is also where we meet Summer again, the Love of Seth's life, acting drunk/high/dumb. Hope this wears off soon.

    Kirsten and Sandy also get into little arguments regarding Ryan. This is one of the more believable plot lines the show has followed. I life Sandy and Kirsten together. I think Peter Gallagher and Kelly Rowan has great on-screen chemistry.

    And Luke, predictably gets jealous. The fist-fight/fire at the end was not what I expected (but in a good way). Now Ryan is back behind bars and so is Luke. The show is defintely going to bring Ryan back to the Cohen household. (or else it would lose its premise) So I think its worth watching to see how.

Dwight Hicks

Dwight Hicks


Guest Star

Steven M. Gagnon

Steven M. Gagnon

Arson Investigator

Guest Star

Carrie Armstrong

Carrie Armstrong

Diner Cashier

Guest Star

Shailene Woodley

Shailene Woodley

Kaitlin Cooper

Recurring Role

Rachel Bilson

Rachel Bilson

Summer Roberts

Recurring Role

Melinda Clarke

Melinda Clarke

Julie Cooper

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • From this episode on, people say Rayn burned down the Model Home. But he was pushed by Luke. which actually makes it Luke's fault.

    • Goof: As Jimmy and Julie are watching the basketball game on ESPN Classics, when he refers to the particular game, there is a really bad voice over. His voice says "1986," yet his mouth says "1988."

    • Goof: There were a lot of set changes that appeared in this episode versus the Pilot. This is likely because the Pilot was shot on actual locations, while the rest of the episodes were shot in a closed studio. Some of the noticeable differences were:
      - Seth has totally different stuff on his walls. There is no way a person makes so many changes to his walls in a day while all those things were going on.
      - The decor of the pool house was completely changed. And the backyard didn't have steps in the pilot, but does starting with this episode.
      - The layout of the Cohens' house is different as well. The countertop on the kitchen island was black in the pilot and light colored later. The kitchen table chairs are different. - The mailboxes are different.

    • According to this episode, Summer's birthday is August 13th.

    • Episode punch count: 5

    • Goof: Seth refers to the book 'On The Road' by Jack Kerouac when he talks about the "pancake tour of America." However, it was apple pie and ice cream that Sal, the book's narrator, consumed as he traveled around America.

    • Goof: When Kirsten and Jimmy drive up to the model home, it's suprising they didn't get tipped off to the kids' presence by seeing Marissa's car and Ryan's bike somewhere outside.

    • It is likely that Marissa, or at least Ryan, would have seen Luke and his friends sitting in their truck outside the model home before the fight and fire. Sure, they were pre-occupied, but not likely enough to miss a truck right beside the house.

    • Goof: The Lakers/Pistons game was 1988, not 1986, which was the Lakers/Celtics. So, the closed captioning would be correct, but the dub is incorrect. Maybe they took creative license with the date, but if it was just a goof on Jimmy's part and he got the date wrong when talking to Julie, then that would make Marissa 15 throughout the first season of the show.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Seth: (to Marissa) Did you seriously bring a loofa?
      Ryan: What's a loofa?

    • Ryan: (looking at a miniature model home on the table) What's that?
      Kirsten: It's a model home. I build them. Well, the real ones, not this one.
      Ryan: Could you build me one? ... Sorry, bad joke. (Ryan, Seth, Sandy and Kirsten sit down to eat)
      Sandy: So, last supper, huh? ... Sorry, bad joke.

    • Luke: You're okay.
      Ryan: Disappointed?

    • Marissa (driving): Why won't you tell me where we're going? This is pretty far away.
      Seth: Oh, wow. (Complaining.) That's very interesting considering nobody invited you.
      Marissa: Before I came along you were on a skateboard.

    • Marissa: I mean, what did I ever do to you?
      Seth: Nothing, Marissa. I've lived next door to you forever and you've never done or said anything to me.
      Marissa: Oh, my God, you're the one who never talks to me. You think you're so much better than everyone.
      Seth: I do? Well, if you're talking about Luke, then, yes, because that guy shaves his chest!

    • Seth: You know what I like about rich kids? Bam, nothing. Hey, Ryan, you wouldn't consider me rich, would you? I'd be more upper middle class?

    • Marissa: You like them?
      Ryan: Yeah, I guess.
      Marissa: Well, what do you like?
      Ryan: Everything. I don't really listen to music.
      Seth: Dude, that's kind of weird.

    • Ryan: We're from different worlds.
      Marissa: That's not true.

    • Seth: You remember the meatloaf incident of '98?
      Kirsten: That was brisket.
      Seth: Yeah, that's my point exactly.

    • Sandy: There's no need for sarcasm.
      Seth: I'm not being sarcastic.
      Sandy: Well, it's hard to tell sometimes.

    • (Talking to Kirsten about Ryan)
      Sandy: I was this kid. If someone hadn't helped me, I wouldn't be here.

    • Marissa: (talking to Summer on the phone) Seth Cohen says 'Happy Birthday'.
      Summer: Who?
      Marissa: (turning to Seth) She says 'Thanks'.

    • Ryan: So, you listen to punk, huh?
      Marissa: I'm angry.

    • Ryan: What kind of music do you listen to?
      Marissa: Right now, punk.
      Seth: Yeah, I'm sorry, but Avril Lavigne doesn't count as punk.
      Marissa: Oh yeah? Well, what about The Cramps? Stiff Little Fingers? The Clash? Sex Pistols?
      Seth: I listen to the same music as Marissa Cooper? I think I have to kill myself.

    • Sandy: The minute you were born I knew ... that I would never take another easy breath again without knowing you were safe.
      Seth: So, I'm like asthma?

    • Luke: Shut up, queer.
      Seth: (quietly) Well, at least I don't shave my chest.
      Luke: What'd you say?
      Marissa: Luke, come on.
      Seth: I just said, you look nice in a sweater vest. It was a compliment.

    • Marissa: You guys are up to something.
      Seth: Dude, what'd you tell her?
      Ryan: I didn't tell her anything. Maybe the black turtleneck in August tipped her off.
      Seth: Ok, I was going for stealth. And also, it's slimming.

    • Ryan: (to Luke) You know what I like about rich kids? (Ryan then jacks him across the jaw) Nothin'.
      Seth: That was awesome!

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode is the first reference to a Shark IMAX movie, which is a common "almost" hang out for the group throughout the season.

    • When Marissa, Ryan, and Seth are driving to the Model Home in Marissa's car, they are listening to the song 'I'm a Terrible Person' by 'Rooney'.

      The band re-appears in Season 1, Episode 15 "The Third Wheel", when the gang is going to a Rooney concert.

    • During the filming of the Ryan/Luke fight scene in the model home, Ben McKenzie was supposed to fake trip, but he actually tripped and ended up falling through a real window. Luckily, because of the leather jacket Ben was wearing for the scene, he was unhurt by the broken glass.

    • Music:
      "California" by Rufus Wainwright
      "I'm A Terrible Person" by Rooney
      "Caught By The River" by The Doves
      "In Your Eyes" by Aaron D
      "Do It With Madonna" by The Androids
      "Hallelujah" by Jeff Buckley
      "We're Going Out Tonight" by Shady Lady


    • When Seth is skating around in the pool of the model home it's a allusion to "Grind", in which Adam Brody also stars. In "Grind" a group of skateboarding-teenagers clean out a pool for a manager so they can stay the night and then skateboard in it.

    • The story of the episode, especially the kids hiding in the Model Home, is very much inspired by the James Dean classic "Rebel Without a Cause": The main characters also hide in an old, deserted house with an empty swimming pool.
      Also, a lot of aspects of Ryan's character have been influenced by this movie: Jim Stark (James Dean) is moving to a new town, he is not talking much, honest and straight guy, makes friends with an outsider boy called Plato (-> Seth) and falls in love with the girl next door, Julie (-> Marissa).

    • Ryan: He moved away, to Austin.
      Marissa: In Texas?
      Ryan: He said if I were ever out there look him up.

      Austin, Texas is where Benjamin McKenzie, the actor who plays Ryan, grew up.

    • Luke: You know, you're a little far from 8 Mile!

      White rap superstar Eminem starred in a semi-autobiographical movie titled 8 Mile, based on his rise to stardom from his trailer park upbringing. His big fashion statement at the time was wearing a hood and a cap at the same time.